The Dover Legislative Hall is the location for the Citizen Cannabis Lobby Day. The Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network is hosting the event. It is the 8th lobby day.
The event kicked off in the Majority Caucus Room, according to WDEL Radio. Those supporting marijuana legalization are encouraged to attend and voice their opinions. Those supporting marijuana legalization say that the revenue could help create much-needed revenue for the state.
Zoe Patchell of the Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network said, “We’re going down to Legislative Hall in solidarity tomorrow to meet with our elected officials.”
Patchell also said, “We go over talking points. We have a few special guest speakers, including Delaware Coalition for Open Government Director John Flaherty. [Flaherty] is going to come give us some points on how to meet with our elected officials. We’re also anticipating a few legislative guest speakers tomorrow.”
In regards to Delaware’s economic state, Patchell said, “We’re facing a $350 million budget deficit here in Delaware. Results from other states how that we could generate significant tax revenue as well as economic development and many employment and small business opportunities. Also, we could save the state up to $22.3 million annually that Delaware is spending right now to address cannabis prohibition.”
She also said, “Cannabis prohibition diverts police manpower and resources away from real crime with actual victims to a completely victimless issue that has nothing to do with public safety. With our current budget deficit we really do need to be allocating these resources to real problems here in Delaware.”
She closed her commentary by saying, “What we’re seeing in other states is that it’s taking a billion dollar industry out of the hands of illicit markets. So, that’s a lot of money that gangs and cartels are using to commit other illegal activity, and purchase firearms, and that’s costing the city a lot of money to combat as well.”